Hope College is teaming up with Van Andel Institute and Purple Community this fall to raise support and funds for cancer and neurodegenerative disease research.

The Flying Dutchmen are hosting a Purple Community Game on Saturday, September 16 at Ray & Sue Smith Stadium against Lakeland, Wisconsin. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m.

Hope will wear purple jerseys and play in honor of loved ones and friends impacted by cancer and neurodegenerative diseases.

Additional details and ways to support Hope’s Purple Community efforts will be announced in August.

Fans are encouraged to wear purple to the Hope Football Purple Community Game football game.

All proceeds from the Hope Football Purple Community Game will benefit Purple Community and help underwrite a summer internship for a Hope College student at Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

This summer, Philip Versluis, a junior majoring in biochemistry and molecular biology, is interning at Van Andel Institute. He is being mentored by Dr. Scott Rothbart, an Assistant Professor in the Van Andel Institute’s Center for Epigenetics.

Van Andel Institute employs more than 330 scientists, educators and staff working to accomplish the mission of improving the health and enhance the lives of current and future generations.

Van Andel Institute scientists are making discoveries and collaborating with scientists and research institutions around the world to move promising therapies into clinical trials. Van Andel Institute also has programs designed to enhance science education across all ages.

Purple Community is Van Andel Institute’s grassroots community awareness and fundraising program.